May 17, 2013

Today's Blue & White - May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

First Pitch!

It has been relatively quiet on campus this week as Maymester and several graduations in McAlister Field House are the primary activities.

The baseball team took two-of-three from rival College of Charleston at Riley Park in the last regularly-scheduled Southern Conference game/match between the two downtown rivals.  While the pair could possibly meet in next weekend’s SoCon Tournament at Flour Field in Greenville, the Cougars are now transitioning to the Colonial Athletic Association.  The baseball teams will meet in weekday games next season and for the foreseeable future.

The Bulldogs have an important series at UNC Greensboro that began Thursday night, and continues on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  The Cadets need to win two of the three in order to own the second seed in the tournament.

Our first salute goes to ace Austin Pritcher, who was named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in the past three weeks. We also acknowledge that fullback Darien Robinson has been named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for the 2013 campaign.

We also acknowledge the work of our cadet-student-athletes in the classroom as they top the Corps in overall GPA … again.

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue full of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Volleyball Paces Athletics Department Academically; Corps Squad Continues to Top Corps in Overall GPA

Led by the volleyball team’s 3.62 grade point average, the Department of Athletics’ overall

GPA of 2.97 continues to top the overall Corps of Cadets’ GPA of 2.93.  The athletes have now outperformed the Corps in the classroom in nine of the past 10 semesters.

Women’s rifle finished second with a 3.3 while soccer was third at 3.25.  Women’s cross country came in fourth at 3.2 while tennis was fifth at 3.13.  Men’s cross country came in at 3.1 and was followed by basketball (3.07), men’s track and field (2.95), football (2.92), wrestling (2.91), baseball (2.9), men’s rifle (2.88), golf (2.7) and women’s track and field (2.44).

Baseball Takes CofC Series; Tops CSU

Tyler Griffin celebrated his return to the lineup by clouting two of The Citadel's six home runs, leading the Bulldogs to a 21-6 victory at Charleston Southern in their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday night at the CSU Ball Park.

The six home runs tied the school record which had been done twice before against Marshall on March 22, 1997 and East Carolina two days later. The 21 runs fell one shy of The Citadel's season high of 22 against Davidson 11 days ago.

Griffin missed the past 18 games since suffering a fractured foot at South Carolina on April 9 but returned with a vengeance.  After getting hit by a pitch in his first at bat, he singled in two runs in the second, hit a solo homer leading off the fifth and added a two-run shot in the seventh to give him five RBI on the night to tie his career high.

Bo Thompson added to his home run total with a grand slam in the fifth and also matched his career high with five RBI. Jason Smith entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and went 3-for-3 including his first career home run which was a three-run shot that was followed by a solo clout by Mason Davis in the sixth.  Smith drove in four runs and Davis established a career best with four runs scored while also stealing two bases to increase his team-leading total to 21.

Drew DeKerlegand got the home run derby started when he hit a three-run blast to cap a five-run top of the first for The Citadel. Joe Jackson tripled in a run and scored on a Thompson double as the Bulldogs hit for the cycle in the inning.

On Sunday The Citadel played catch up all afternoon after falling behind by three runs in the first, but the rally eventually fell short in a 7-5 loss to College of Charleston in its final home game of the 2013 season.

The Bulldogs maintained their tenuous hold on second place in the conference standings, remaining percentage points ahead of Elon after the Phoenix dropped an 8-6 decision to Samford.

With Elon finished with its SoCon schedule, The Citadel needs to win two of three in its series at UNC Greensboro to take the second seed into the conference tournament, which begins May 22 at Flour Field in Greenville.

The Cougars led 6-1 after the top of the fifth before the Bulldogs began their comeback. Calvin Orth and Johnathan Stokes singled and Brett Bullard walked to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning. Davis hit a sacrifice fly to left, and Hughston Armstrong followed with a two-run single to center to pull The Citadel within 6-4.

Two innings later, Bailey Rush made it a one-run game when he launched a 3-2 over the fence in right for his second home run of the season and career. But College of Charleston answered in the eighth.

On Saturday at Riley Park, Logan Cribb allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings and The Citadel took advantage of five College of Charleston errors in a 7-1 victory that clinched a series win in its final meeting with the Cougars as Southern Conference rivals.  With the victory, The Citadel earned its 18th season of at least 30 wins in 22 years under coach Fred Jordan

Cribb improved his record to 4-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.30, a mark that ranks him among the leaders in the SoCon. He struck out six and did not walk a batter for his second straight start and has walked only six batters and fanned 40 in 33 1/3 innings since rejoining the weekend rotation against Western Carolina on March 30.

Jackson singled in a run and later scored on an error in the first to stake the Bulldogs to a quick lead. The junior catcher has driven in 11 runs in the last five games and leads the team with 52 on the year.  College of Charleston committed two more miscues in a three-run Citadel fourth that made it 5-1. Orth reached on an error and then scored when Stokes' single to left was misplayed and wound up at third on the play.

He scored on a double by Rush, who eventually scored on a wild pitch.

In addition to reaching the 30-win plateau, the Bulldogs also secured their 20th home victory of the year, marking the 14th time in 16 full seasons at Riley Park that The Citadel has accomplished that feat.

Austin Pritcher made his final Riley Park appearance a memorable one as he allowed six hits and blanked College of Charleston over the final seven innings in a 7-1 victory over the Cougars on Friday afternoon.

Pritcher, in improving his record to 7-2, threw his second complete game of the season and won his fourth straight decision while lowering his ERA to a Southern Conference-leading 2.40. The senior right hander walked one and struck out four to earn his 21st career victory, the most by any active SoCon pitcher.

The Bulldogs had 13 hits including three by Mason Davis, whose bunt single ignited a two-run third that gave The Citadel the lead for good. Jackson, Orth and Bret Hines added a pair of singles, with Orth extending his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest by a Bulldog this season.

For more information, please refer to www.CitadelSports.com.

Austin Pritcher Chosen SoCon Pitcher of the Week after Win over College of Charleston

Senior right hander Austin Pritcher added to his list of 2013 accolades with his selection as the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in the past three weeks.

Pritcher tossed his second complete game of the season in a 7-1 victory over College of Charleston on Friday at Riley Park. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four and blanked the Cougars over the final seven innings in the final home appearance of his career.

The James Island High graduate won his fourth straight decision and has not lost in his last six starts. Over that stretch he has allowed only eight earned runs covering 44 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.61 while walking six and striking out 33.

Pritcher was also named the SoCon Pitcher of the Week after he hurled his second career shutout against Furman on April 26. He was also chosen the conference's pitcher of the month for both February and April.

He is 7-2 on the season and has an ERA of 2.40, the best among SoCon starters, and also leads the league with an opponents' batting average of .229. He is the winningest active pitcher in the conference with 21 career victories and also ranks first with 308 1/3 innings pitched, second with 224 strikeouts and fourth with an ERA of 3.74.

Darien Robinson Earns Spot on College Football Performance Awards Watch List

Coming off an outstanding junior year which included a 1,000-yard rushing season, B-back Darien Robinson has been named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for the 2013 campaign.

Robinson is one of 33 running backs chosen for the list and joins teammate Ben Dupree, who was selected to the watch list for quarterbacks last week.

Robinson rushed for 1,021 yards last year to become the first Bulldog to go over the 1,000 plateau since Tory Cooper in 2007. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry, eclipsed the 100-yard mark six times and scored six touchdowns.

He ranked seventh in the Southern Conference and 39th in the nation with an average of 91.5 yards per game. He rushed for a career-high 178 yards on only 20 carries in a Homecoming win over Elon and averaged over 10.0 yards per carry in outings against Chattanooga (12-132), Charleston Southern (12-120) and NC State (9-102).

Robinson enters his senior season with 1,969 career rushing yards to rank 12th in school history, and he is fourth in the school record book with an average of 6.50 yards per carry over the past three years. The McKeesport, Pa., native has scored 15 touchdowns in his career.

Travis Jervey Enters SC Athletic Hall of Fame

For only the 11th time in history, a person with ties to The Citadel will be enshrined in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

On Monday night in Columbia, Travis Jervey ’95, who was inducted in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, will join football coach Art Baker, quarterback  Jack Douglas ‘92, football standout Larkin Jennings, Jr. ‘33, football all-star Paul Maguire ‘60, running back Lyvonia “Stump” Mitchell ‘81, boxer F.W. “Gunner” Ohlandt ‘51, baseball coach Chal Port, linebacker Brian Ruff ‘77, defensive lineman John Small ‘70, and football coach Sidney Smith as those with ties to The Citadel in the state hall of fame.

A Charleston native, Jervey waited his turn to play at The Citadel after backing up All-American Everette Sands for three seasons, but when his time came he had six 100-yard rushing games in 1994 and his 224 yards against VMI is the fourth-best effort in school history. His 96-yard run on the opening play in the 1994 Oyster Bowl against VMI in Norfolk, Va., remains the longest running play in school history. In 1994, he gained 1,171 yards, good for fifth in school history, and no one has rushed for more yards since. Jervey averaged 7.7 yards per carry that season – tops in school history – and had 12 touchdowns.

He ranked third in the SoCon in rushing and sixth in scoring in 1994 and was named second team All-Southern Conference by both the coaches and media. For his career, he rushed for 1,490 yards. Jervey played professionally for nine years with the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons, and is the first Citadel player ever to win a Super Bowl ring (1996). Jervey earned Pro Bowl honors in 1997 and was enshrined in The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Also entering the Hall of Fame with Jervey as members of the Class of 2013 include former South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner and former USC baseball star Hank Small; former Clemson director of athletics Bill McLellan, quarterback Homer Jordan and former “Voice of the Tigers” Jim Phillips; Furman basketball standout Clyde Mayes; and Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball coach David Horton.

The Boo’s Personal Gun to Be Auctioned

Here is the chance to own a piece of Citadel history.

East Coast Guns is auctioning a Colt 1911 (M19911A1) Series 80 that was presented to the legendary Lt. Col. T.N. Courvoisie (“The Boo”) by some of his “Lambs” in 1999.  All proceeds from this auction will benefit The Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s on-going effort to fund athletic scholarships.

The auction will be in writing either via email (manager@eastcoastgunshop.com), mailed or dropped off at East Coast Guns (1725 North Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483).  Bids must contain the bidder’s name, email address, mailing address and a telephone number.

Bidding concludes at 4 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013.  The current high bid will be posted on East Coast Gun Shop’s Facebook page each Friday at noon.  The minimum starting bid is $1,500.

Summer Sports Camps at The Citadel

Are you looking for something for your children/grandchildren to do this summer?  Consider attending a sports camp that is offered by our coaches:

Baseball                      June 24-27                Day Camp

                                    June 28-June 30       Father/Son Camp

Basketball                   June 17-21               Day Camp

                                    June 21-23               Team Camp

Wrestling                    July 5-12                    Multiple

Soccer                         June 10-13                Day Camp 1

                                    June 17-20               Day Camp 2

                                    June 24-27               Day Camp 3

Football                       June 10-14               Youth Camp

                                    June 14-15              Skill/Lineman Camp

                                    June 19-21              Team option Camp

For more information, please call the Department of Athletics at 843/953-5070.

4th Annual CFA Lady Bulldogs Football 101 Set for July 26

Just in time for the perfect Mother's Day gift, The Citadel Football Association has opened registration for the 4th Annual Lady Bulldogs Football 101 clinic, which will be held on Friday, July 26 on campus.

The experience is open to women and teenage girls and the cost is $50 per person or two for $85. Those interested can register at www.cfabulldogs.org. Everyone in attendance will receive a goody bag, a t-shirt and two tickets to The Citadel-Charleston Southern game on August 31.

A portion of the clinic is tax deductible as proceeds directly benefit The Citadel Football Association's Scholarship fund.

The activities begin with a reception in Seignious Hall at 4:30 hosted by wives of The Citadel football coaches and include tours of the training and equipment rooms. The coaching staff will discuss the basics of offensive and defensive football and there will be a weight room demonstration.

Then it's time to hit the field as all attendees travel to Johnson Hagood Stadium. From 7:15-8:00, the group will show off their passing and catching skills and take off on the "fun run to the end zone" to showcase their individual touchdown dances.

After the on-field practice, Kay Higgins - wife of coach Kevin Higgins - will host a catered meal at the Pearson Lounge on the fourth floor of the stadium. Door prizes will be presented and an optional tour of the stadium suites and press box will follow the dinner.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at www.facebook.com/citadelbulldogs and at www.twitter.com/citadelsports.  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at www.twitter.com/citadelbaseball and www.twitter.com/citadelfootball.  Follow them today!

Upcoming Birthdays

May 21            Buddy Wellman                      Administration
May 23            Al Buddin                                Administration

Upcoming Events

May 20            Columbia Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 21            Rock Hill Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 22-26       Southern Conference Baseball @Greenville, SC
May 22            Charlotte Citadel Club Meeting (Lunch)
                       Chester Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 30            Beaufort Citadel Club Meeting (Evening)
May 31            Greenville Citadel Club Meeting (Noon golf)
June 6             Summerville Citadel Club (Golf)
Aug. 22           15th Annual Kickoff Golf Classic @Wild Dunes Resort
                      Citadel Club of Charleston Shrimp & Beer Night @Beach House

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